Agriculture, horticulture & livestock farming

Animal health and veterinary matters

To promote the health of people and animals, LNV assisted the Public Entities Bonaire and St. Eustatius in improving their slaughterhouses. In consultation with Bonaire, a further improvement of the slaughterhouse is being worked on. It is also being examined whether improvements are possible in the field of animal disease control and the authorisation of veterinary medicines.

Agriculture, horticulture and livestock farming

In order to reduce dependence on imports, measures can be taken to increase agricultural production on the islands. Together with the Public Entities and Dutch knowledge institutes, the Ministry of LNV is looking into possibilities to realise greater and more sustainable production.

To this end, on Saba the Special Nature Allowance has financed a project to tackle stray goats and a project to increase and encourage local food production. A project to tackle stray livestock is being financed on St. Eustatius. A project for Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development is running on Bonaire, resulting from the Rural Development Plan (POP) (see document at the bottom of this page). Furthermore, an MoU agreement with Bonaire has been agreed to transform the LVV service of the island into an effective knowledge and information centre.  

Phytosanitary matters

Due to the low level of local food production on the islands of the Caribbean Netherlands, almost everything is imported. This also applies for the import of plants and plant products. However, the import of fruits and vegetables for consumption and plants for the gardeners’ sector in particular entails the risk of introducing invasive exotic species. There is a statutory framework for phytosanitary policy and regulations in the Implementing Act BES.

Crop protection

Misuse of crop protection products can pose risks to the health of people and animals. The risk of misuse is unfortunately high at this time. After all, there is no formal assessment of the risks of these means. The knowledge of risks, especially among users, is also limited. Moreover, the labelling and instructions for use are often written in an unknown language so that the regulations cannot be followed. The list of licensed and prohibited substances will be updated later. It will be clear which substances can only be used with a licence and which substances are completely prohibited.